- It takes you out of yourself. You have to emphasise with your characters to write about them/for them well. Hopefully some of that empathy will rub off towards those you meet who you haven't invented!
- There is a strong sense of unity in the writing world. We know what it is to produce something from nothing and how tough it is to get work out there and accepted. Therefore, generally we sympathise with those who are new to writing and finding this out for themselves. We can celebrate with those who have books or stories out there (and when it is our work there, be glad others are glad for us. It is a two way street).
- Writing encourages reading which can never be a bad thing!
This is not a definitive list as I could write far more on this than I have. But my most important favourite things about writing are:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.